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Franco De Vita Teaches Pas de Chat

July 3, 2014 by

Franco De Vita is the director of American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School and the 2014 recipient of the Dance Teacher Lifetime Achievement Award. Here, he breaks down pas de chat, emphasizing retiré to … Continue reading

Aaron Tolson Teaches Rhythm Tap

June 4, 2014 by

Here, Aaron Tolson breaks down a standard rhythm turn, pointing out common technique problems and adding a few variations for advanced dancers.
Tolson has performed in Riverdance, and in 2010 he assistant-produced and choreographed the … Continue reading

Vanessa Salgado Teaches Pre-Ballet

June 2, 2014 by

When Vanessa Salgado moved to New York to attend the Ailey/Fordham BFA program, she took on her own classes at The Ailey School’s First Steps program. After graduation, she joined the faculties of Ballet Hispanico … Continue reading

Head-to-Toe Bad Habits—and How to Fix Them

April 25, 2014 by

Four master teachers weigh in on their approaches to common problems. Featuring Irene Dowd, Finis Jhung, Pamela Pietro and Sheila Barker.

Deborah Wingert Teaches Glissade Assemblé in the Balanchine Style

March 3, 2014 by

Deborah Wingert trained at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the School of American Ballet before joining New York City Ballet at 16. After retiring from NYCB, she joined the inaugural staff of Manhattan Youth … Continue reading

Laurie De Vito Teaches a Simonson Plié Series

February 4, 2014 by

This demi-plié series is a staple of Laurie De Vito’s Simonson warm-up, and it includes her penchant for spirals and sequential movement (movement that travels through the body in succession). This combination gives special attention … Continue reading